John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 16

*Prayer and Grace You have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. 1 Peter 1:22 NIV It has been vehemently objected that Christ is the only means of grace. I answer, This is mere playing upon words. Explain your term, and the objection vanishes away. When we say, “Prayer is a means of grace,” we understandContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 16”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 15

*Always Rejoice; Pray; Give thanks Rejoice always; pray without ceasing…give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB “Rejoice always” in uninterrupted happiness in God. “Pray without ceasing,” which is the fruit of “always rejoicing” in the Lord. “In everything give thanks,” which is the fruit of both the former. This is Christian perfection. Further than this we cannot go, and we need not stop short ofContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 15”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 14

*Prayer—The Crowning Weapon Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful…with all perseverance…for all the saints.Ephesians 6:18 NKJV The description of the whole armor of God shows us how great a thing it is to be a Christian. The lack of any one thing makes us incomplete. Though one has hisContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 14”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 13

*Deny self to obey the Lord Fervent in spirit…devoted to prayer. Romans 12:11-12 NASB Here is one who has not made shipwreck of the faith. He still has a measure of the Spirit of adoption, which continues to witness with his spirit that he is a child of God. However, he is not going onContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 13”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 12

*Be Anxious for Nothing “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 NKJV How much more, then, will it please our heavenly Father to give us food and raiment? And since you have such an inheritance, regard not your earthly possessions. To the same effect, the apostle Paul wrote theContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 12”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 11

*Wait on the Lord My soul waits…for God only. Psalm 62:1 NASB The generality of Christians are accustomed to use some kind of prayer. Now, perhaps you are one who still uses the same form you used when you were a child. But surely, there is a “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31) of ordering ourContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 11”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 10

*Have a holy urgency See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks [from heaven]. Hebrews 12:25 NIV Strive to enter by the narrow door. Strive, as in an agony of holy fear. A promise has been made of your entering into His rest (see Hebrews 4:9-11). Strive, lest you should come short of it. Strive, inContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 10”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 9

*Seeking God The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, [shall] cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14 NASB Settle this in your heart, that the mere work done profits nothing. There is no power to save but in the Spirit ofContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 9”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 8

*Early Morning Prayer Early will I seek You. Psalm 63:1 NKJV How do you begin your day? The generality of Christians, if they are not obliged to work for their living, rise at eight or nine in the morning after eight, nine, or more hours of sleep. I do not say (as I was aptContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 8”

John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 7

*Prayer being the cure of darkness of soul O Lord…examine my heart and my mind. Psalm 26:2 (NIV) To suppose that the cure is the same in all cases is a great and fatal mistake but an extremely common one. The cure of spiritual, as well as bodily, diseases must be as various as the causesContinue reading “John Wesley on Prayer Lesson 7”